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Ready for a PLC? Exploring the Culture of Change in Dental Schools

A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is defined as a group of people sharing a common interest in a learning-oriented and growth-promoting way. In the educational environment, PLCs are single units where faculty, staff and administrators continuously seek and share experiences to enhance student learning. However, there are four common barriers to the effective development of local PLCs:

  • Establishing a collaborative culture.
  • Developing a shared vision.
  • Providing supportive leadership.
  • Ensuring faculty protected time.
This webinar will provide an overview of PLCs, discuss the common barriers to their implementation and introduce methods to help address those barriers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss characteristics and processes used to create and develop effective PLCs.
  2. Examine four key barriers to PLC success.
  3. Analyze the steps designed to address the four barriers
CE Information:

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by May 22, 2021. After fully completing the evaluation, webinar participants can immediately print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 0.5 continuing education credit.


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.